Moving is a stressful process for humans, so imagine how stressful it is for your pets. Your pets can become easily scared, confused, and anxious during the stages of your move, so it is important to make the process as simple and easy as you can. Below, you will find some information to help you better prepare your pets for a move and limit the stress that it may cause them.
- Get an Overnight Kit Ready
You want to always be prepared when you move with your pets and an overnight kit is beneficial for both you and them. This kit should include enough dog food to get you through at least one full day until you can get more food, some water, toys, and any of the pet’s medications. You want to make sure to pack comfort toys of the animal or a bed or blanket to bring to ensure they feel comfortable.
- Keep Your Pets Out of the Way
During the move, you want to make sure that you keep your pet out of the way and away from all the commotion. Having your pet around can induce anxiety and fear, so it is best to avoid this. If you can, you may want to leave your pet at a local kennel or friend’s house for the day, but if this is not possible, simply place them in a quiet area of your home away from the noise and movement.
- Visit the Vet
A clean bill of health is always a positive thing. Make sure you take your pet to the vet before you move to ensure you get refills on medications and to ensure that they are healthy and fit for travel.
- Keep Your Pet with You
Imagine being scared of a move and then placed on a moving truck in the back with a closed door and no lights. Scary, right? Your pet does not want to be placed onto the moving truck and plus, it is dangerous to do so.
You should keep your pet with you and allow them to ride with you on your move. This will help them calm down and it can help keep you calm as well.
- Hold Off on Letting Your Pet Out
Yes, you may be ready to let your pet out of their carrier, but don’t do it yet. You should set up an area in the home for them and then allow them only in that area until the rest of the house is set up. This way, you reduce your pets stress and provide them with some comfort at the same time.
- Don’t Let Your Pet Out Too Soon
Is that possible? Yes! While you may be anxious to love on your furry friend, you do not want to let them out before you are ready. The reason? Because with all of the traffic moving in and out of your house, you do not want your pet to get away, especially in a new area. Take your time, do what you need to do, then introduce your pet to your new home.
Moving with Pets Can Be Difficult
Moving with pets can be difficult but it is not impossible. Take the precautions above and keep them in mind and you will find that your pets do well on the move.